US Equestrian (USEF) announces the appointment of Graeme Thom as Director of FEI/High-Performance Sport Programs beginning October 3, 2022. This start date will allow for a smooth and collaborative transition as Will Connell remains with USEF through the 25th of November.
The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Squad along with alternate and reserve combinations completed their mandatory outing this weekend at MARS Great Meadow International as their final prep event before September’s 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy.
Perfect weather and friendly competition kicked off the weekend at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Canada in Bromont, Quebec at the Olympic Equestrian Park. The highly anticipated event held at this historic location may be best known to most eventers as the venue for the MARS Bromont CCI, a very popular event held in June and also organized by Sue Ockendon, but none-the-less top athletes flocked to North America for a chance at team gold.
With the announcement of the team who will represent the U.S. during the upcoming 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro in Rome, Italy on September 15-18, 2022, USEA Podcast Host sits down with for a little team talk with Bobby Costello, Interim Eventing Chef d’Equipe and Team Manager of the U.S. Eventing Team. Hear all about the team selection process, preparation plans, and more relating to Pratoni in this week's episode of the USEA Podcast.
US Equestrian announced the four combinations selected to represent the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup Canada CCIO4*-S, three of which are graduates of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program. Competition will take place from August 18-21, 2022, at Bromont Horse Park in Quebec, Canada. The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Leslie Law.
After a long-anticipated wait, US Equestrian has announced their team selections for the 2022 FEI Eventing World Championships which will take place at Pratoni del Vivaro in Rome, Italy on September 15-18, 2022. Making up this year’s World Championships roster are Will Coleman and his own 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Off The Record (VDL Arkansas x Drumogoland Bay), Ariel Grald and Annie Elridge’s 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Leamore Master Plan (Master Imp x Andragh Bash), Lauren Nicholson and Jacqueline Mars’ 15-year-old Anglo-Arab gelding Vermiculus (Serazim x Wake Me Gently), Boyd Martin and Christine Turner’s 15-year-old Trakehner gelding Tsetserleg TSF (Windfall x Thabana), and Tamra Smith and Alexandra and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell’s 16-year-old German Sport Horse gelding Mai Baum (Loredano x Ramiro). Will Coleman and Team Rebecca LLC’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Dondante are the Direct Reserve and Phillip Dutton will serve as the Traveling Reserve with the Z Partnership’s 14-year-old Zangersheide gelding Z (Asca x Bellabouche).
Following the conclusion of the Eventing Elite Program Task Force, appointed by the US Equestrian President, US Equestrian is pleased to release the job description and begin the recruitment process for the Eventing Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe. This individual will lead High Performance Eventing and specifically the Elite Program and Team in the U.S. to sustained success at World Championship and Olympic Games level. The Federation endeavors to partner with a leader who will drive strategic direction in the Eventing Elite Program and foster strong communication and team culture.
After traveling the world last year and campaigning on the East Coast to start this year, Julianne Guariglia’s 11-year-old Argentine Sport Horse mare Solaguayre California (Casparo x Solaguayre Calandria) returned to competition in the home state of her rider, Tamie Smith, to win the Advanced level at the Twin Rivers Summer Horse Trials held over Fourth of July Weekend in Paso Robles, California.
Hannah Warner wears many hats: student at the University of Kentucky, UK Eventing Team President, competitor, and head groom for Alexa Ehlers. Fitting in all of her roles and responsibilities into her day-to-day life can be a challenge, but it is a challenge that Warner finds rewarding. The college senior is working towards a business degree through UK's online business program, so Warner is able to get creative with her schedule to pursue all of her academic and eventing related goals.
On May 1, 2022, Max Corcoran was appointed as the Eventing Elite Program and Team Facilitator. In her role, Corcoran will support the areas of communication, logistics, and management of the teams for the Eventing Programs to deliver sustained success at World and Olympic Games level. As the Facilitator, she will work closely with the interim Chef d’Equipe/Team Manager, Bobby Costello, and eventing staff to build solid lines of communication with athletes, grooms, owners, coaches, veterinarians, and all stakeholders linked to the athletes and develop the structures around the Elite Program and senior U.S. Eventing Team.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of a 500-entry event at Virginia International Horse Trials, co-organizer Angela Bowles took time to celebrate and reflect on the lengthy and impactful career of her longtime partner, Novelle. After 14 years eventing, Novelle has been officially retired from competition.